The Galaxy A50 was quite popular for the better part of this year and to keep the ball rolling, Samsung has launched an upgraded Galaxy A50s with improved hardware, 48MP sensor led cameras, tweaked design, and upgraded software. (Samsung Galaxy A50s हिंदी में पढ़िए)
The idea here is to eliminate the week points, to refine what works and to bring Galaxy A50 up to speed with new technology trends that are now crucial for a phone to gain a competitive edge.
All the added muscle should keep the mid-range Samsung phone relevant for more time to come and help it compete against the burgeoning competition from Chinese brands.
Now that we are done with our testing, let’s discuss what works and what doesn’t in our Galaxy A50s Review.
- Samsung Galaxy A50s Price and Specifications
- Samsung Galaxy A50s Review: Design and Build
- Samsung Galaxy A50s Review: Display
- Samsung Galaxy A50s Review: Performance and Software
- Samsung Galaxy A50s Review: Camera
- Samsung Galaxy A50s Review: Battery and Audio
- Samsung Galaxy A50s Review: Verdict
Samsung Galaxy A50s Price and specifications
|Display||6.4-inch FHD+ (1080×2340) Super AMOLED|
|Camera||48MP (F2.0) + 5MP + 8MP (Ultra Wide)|
|Chipset||Quad 2.3GHz + Quad 1.7GHz|
|Memory||4GB / 6GB|
|Up to 512GB expandable|
|15W Fast Charging|
|Dimension||158.5 x 74.5 x 7.7mm|
|Color||Prism Crush Black, Prism Crush White, Prism Crush Green, and Prism Crush Violet|
|Others||On-screen Fingerprint, USB C-Type, Bixby|
|Price in India||
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Samsung Galaxy A50s Unboxing
Samsung has kept things fairly straight forward here. The box includes:
- Galaxy A50s phone
- TPU case
- 15W charging brick
- Data Cable
- Ejector Tool
- User Manual
Samsung Galaxy A50s Review: Design and Build
The Samsung Galaxy A50s has almost the same dimensions as the original Galaxy A50. It’s an insignificant 3 grams heavier, and that’s perhaps the added heft of the 48MP camera sensor that replaces the 25MP primary shooter on the Galaxy A50.
Back in the day, the Galaxy A50 design really impressed us and today we can appreciate it even more. Indeed, this year the phones, in general, have grown uncomfortably big and bulky and the Galaxy A50 with its svelte figure and ergonomic curves is a pure delight to handle.
Judging by the fact that we constantly entertain consumer queries asking for a “branded” option that’s comfortable to handle for themselves or their parents, the design should draw in consumers who pick the phone from offline shelves or from personal recommendations.
The material used for the back panel is still plastic, but Samsung distinguishes the ‘s’ variant with a classy gradient that spices things up without going overboard. Add to that a fascinating AMOLED screen and you’ve got yourself a winner!
Just as on the Galaxy Note10, the power key now doubles as the Bixby button. You can, however, remap it as the usual power key (Settings >> Advanced >> Side Key) or even configure the double press action to directly launch any preferred app of your choice.
The Galaxy A50s further has a fingerprint sensor and a USB Type-C port at the bottom that can accept 15W adaptive fast charging. This time, Samsung also bundles a protective case in the box.
The optical in-display fingerprint sensor on the A50s didn’t respond very consistently at first, but it has been working well after we reconfigured it. This is not the fastest in-display fingerprint sensor in its class, but after weeks of usage, it’s still our preferred mode of unlocking our A50s. Besides, the Galaxy A50s also has Face Unlock and it works quite well.
Samsung Galaxy A50s Review: Display
Another strong suit is the (good quality) Full HD+ AMOLED display. The display settings now list the new Samsung color presets – Vivid and Natural – of which the Natural works better for us. Samsung doesn’t specify Gorilla Glass for any other form of scratch-resistance, but the screen does have an oleophobic coating to keep smudges at bay.
The contrast is high and software leverages awesome AMOLED blacks with features like Always-on display and Dark Mode.
The display has a notch for the front camera and the chin at the bottom is a hair thicker than what you get from competing phones from Realme and Xiaomi. In other words, it isn’t quite as immersive as what you’d get on pop-up camera phones like Realme X or Redmi K20.
We quite enjoyed streaming videos on our Galaxy A50s and had absolutely no trouble using it outdoors under direct sunlight.
Samsung Galaxy A50s Review: Performance and Software
The Galaxy A50 was powered by Exynos 9610 octa-core chipset and the A50s gets a slight upgrade – Exynos 9611. The clock frequency and architecture of CPU cores remains unchanged but Samsung claims improvements in graphics (The Mali G72 GPU cores are perhaps clocked higher). Samsung has doubled the storage to 128GB for both 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM variants (around 112GB is free at user end).
Samsung also adds a Game Booster to customize the game performance of PUBG. In our testing, PUBG Mobile ran with some noticeable frame drops at HD and High settings, but the performance was smooth when we switched to Balanced and High settings.
The Galaxy A50s might not be an option for hardcore gamers but will work fine for moderate and heavy users who don’t necessarily need to run heavy games at maximum settings.
The software on the Galaxy A50s gets several refinements. Samsung isn’t holding back on One UI features for the A-series midrangers anymore and the A50s gets the full set including Samsung Pay (not the mini, but full version) and edge launcher.
One UI is one of our personal favorite Android skins, and it surely lends Samsung a massive advantage against phones from Xiaomi, Realme, OPPO and Vivo that are still pushing iOS-like shoddy interfaces.
There are a few pre-installed apps on the phone, but users get the option to uninstall them. For anyone who’s asking, the Galaxy A50s has Widevine DRM L1 certification and supports HD streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Call quality was excellent and all usual set of connectivity options are supported on the phone.
Samsung Galaxy A50s Benchmark Scores
|Geekbench 5 (single-core)||355|
|Geekbench 5 (multi-core)||1218|
|3D Mark Sling Shot Extreme – OpenGL ES 3.1||1397|
|3D Mark Sling Shot Extreme – Vulkan||1424|
Samsung Galaxy A50s Review: Camera performance
One of the most significant upgrades to the Galaxy A50s is its camera. To help it compete against a sea of 48MP camera phones, Samsung adds one to the phone. Benchmark apps confirm that Samsung is using Sony IMX582 sensor (the same one that’s used on Redmi K20 and Vivo Z1x).
The primary camera is paired with an Ultra-Wide angle camera with 123-degrees FoV. The third sensor is a basic depth sensor with the purpose of enhancing portrait shots. As is the case with most other affordable phones, these extra sensors are more of an afterthought.
The camera app is modeled after the one Samsung uses in its high-end phones and has flagship features like Best Shot suggestions, Scene Optimizer, Super Slow-mo videos, and Document Scanner, apart from regular ones like Super Night Mode.
In proper lighting, the Galaxy A50 can click well-metered shots with proper texture and a decent amount of details. These images look better on the phone than they do when blown up on a larger screen.
In low light, the quality depletes appreciably.
The wide-angle camera can capture a broader perspective, but the loss of detail is starkly apparent.
The portrait mode does a fine job in proper lighting but can be a bit inconsistent indoors.
The selfie camera does a great job outdoors and in well-lit scenes. Not so much in tricky or low lighting.
Samsung Galaxy A50s Review: Battery and Audio
The Galaxy A50s has a 4000mAh battery and that’s fairly adequate capacity considering modern standards and requirements. The battery accepts fast charging. Samsung bundles a 15W adaptive fast charger in the box and you may also use a USB PD charger for faster charging.
The loudspeaker on the phone is sufficiently loud and outputs good audio quality. Audio via headphones, too, is quite amazing.
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Samsung Galaxy A50s Review: Verdict
The Samsung Galaxy A50s strikes as a very premium phone and adds iterative refinements to the very popular Galaxy A50. The phone is elegant, is very comfortable to wield, and brandishes valuable Samsung branding. Also, we saw some significant improvement in the software running on the phone.
Also, unlike the competition we have mentioned, the Galaxy A50s is not an online exclusive offering and will be available in offline retail stores. And for offline consumers, this should serve as a more appealing option.
- Looks awesome
- Light and slim
- Battery mileage
- One UI software
- Ample Storage
- Camera in daylight
- Not for hardcore gaming
- Lowlight camera performance